C2.05: The Mystery of the Gospel

To the Ephesians Paul asks for them to pray for him, saying: “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (see Eph 6:19-20).   What is the meaning of the word “mystery”?   Thayer’s Lexicon states that it is a “hidden thing, secret, mystery… confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals.  A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding.  Of God: The secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men… in rabinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense of an Old Testament saying…”

What Paul is stating is that spiritual knowledge (Gnosis) belongs only to those who are themselves spiritual.   Why?   Not because anyone desires to conceal this esoteric knowledge — but rather, the organic facilities of mind associated with the limitations of the physical body, are simply incapable of perceiving man’s own higher reality of soul and spirit.   Paul therefore portrays himself as an ambassador who has been sent to speak to the people — and that because they are yet too immature and carnal to understand the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom, he cannot speak openly as to both the true spiritual meaning of the Gospel, or his true knowledge of the Gospel.   Thus, Paul stated to the baptized believers that he himself had instructed: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.  I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal” (1 Cor 3:1-3 NKJ).   And that the Christian was to overcome the limitations of their carnal minset and nature — enabling them to expand and evolve the mind and the transformation of their physical being into a state of spiritual maturity — with the objective of the Gospel message as demonstrated in the commandment of Paul: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…” (Col 3:5 NIV) — “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24 NIV).

Thayer’s Lexicon uses the term initiate — and an initiate is one who has become prepared to receive higher instruction and revelation.   In the parable of the ten virgins (Matt 25:1-13), only those who had prepared themselves with the oil of purification could receive the Lord at his coming.   Thus, the five who had prepared themselves were the initiates — and while the other five virgins believed and had faith in his coming — and were in fact awaiting the coming of the Lord — to those believers who had not prepared themselves with the oil of purification it was said: “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you”.   In the parable of the Sower and the Seed ( http://SowerAndSeed.com ), this preparedness is taken one step further — as in the rungs of the proverbial Jacob’s Ladder.   Those who bring forth what is portrayed as sixtyfold, can perceive and understand a higher perception and understanding of what Paul calls the Mysteries of the Kingdom, than those who have brought forth thirtyfold — and while the ones who have brought forth one hundredfold, can perceive and understand what others cannot.   Yet, the parable of the Sower and the Seed also warns that those who have not overcome their human carnal nature, and have failed to bring about the process of expansion of mind and being by becoming the “good ground”, cannot even begin to understand anything of any true sustenance and spiritual value.    Thus, the warning of Jesus to those who ignore what the parable of the Sower and the Seed states:  “Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” (Mark 4:13 KJV) — or, in the wording of a the modern language New Living Translation: “But if you can’t understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell?”    That the vast majority of believers, as well as the Gospel critics, all fail to understand the true spiritual meaning of the Bible, is because they ignore what this parable states to them.

In analyzing what the Thayer’s Lexicon is stating above:  Because the people are not yet initiates into the knowledge that is beyond the understanding of “…ordinary mortals”  —   secret knowledge that is “…not obvious to the understanding”  — knowledge that is impossible to be revealed in the written text of the scriptures — knowledge that Paul, as “…an ambassador in bonds”, cannot speak openly about to the congregation of believers who he himself taught — Paul portrays the congregation of believers as “babes in Christ”.    Again, to the Colossians Paul asks for their prayers that “…God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (see Col 5:3-4).    Thus, these mysteries of the Gospel that Paul portrays as beyond the comprehension of believers of a “natural” mind, because these believers of the Gospel will look upon and reject esoteric spiritual concepts as utter “foolishness” (1 Cor 2:14) — cannot be revealed in man’s spoken or written words — but only when“…God …opens …a door of utterance, to [reveal] the mystery of Christ” — a knowledge that cannot be revealed “…to ordinary mortals.  A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding”   — including  “…the mystic or hidden sense of an Old Testament” story.    And while God wants all the lost pro prodigal sons and daughters to receive the sacred knowledge which in Thayer’s Lexicon it states is “…not obvious to the understanding [of] …ordinary mortals” — because the human earthly nature must be evolved, this sacred knowledge can only be perceived and comprehended by those who have prepared themselves to receive it.

When Jesus said of his disciples: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” (Mark 4:11-12 NIV) — that word translated secret, is the same word translated mystery, and makes reference to an esoteric knowledge that is beyond man’s organic comprehension.   Yet, in a state of spiritual denial, the modern Church attempts to ignore the implications of what these words convey.    In explanation of the above words of Jesus, the Wycliffe Commentary writes that: “…the initiate was instructed in the esoteric teaching… which was not revealed to outsiders… The mystery of the kingdom in its ultimate development is the full-orbed message of the Gospel (Rom 16:25-26). The purpose of parables was to instruct the initiates without revealing the items of instruction to the ones who were without. This is in keeping with the Biblical principle that spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…” 

If, as openly stated above, it is true that Jesus taught initiates differently than the multitude of people who he portrayed as being “…outside”, then a true seeker must conclude that every article of faith promoted by the Church today, would have to be totally re-evaluated.    Thus the question: What was Jesus stating with respect to why he spoke in parables?   To ignore this question, is to reject the whole foundational objective and revelation of the Bible.   Jesus was stating that only those who become separate from the thinking and ways of this world, and became true disciples of Messiah/Christ, are able to perceive and understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God — and in the Greek language, this sacred Knowledge is called Gnosis.   And by the very meaning of the word that is being presented that cannot be revealed “…to ordinary mortals.  A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding” — it is of the utmost importance to recognize that what is being conveyed is the fact that “…spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…”.   Why?   Because man in his organic or “natural” condition of mind, has yet to develop the facilities of mind necessary to receive and comprehend this higher spiritual knowledge that the biblical authors are making reference to.    And this fact of human life that everyone must eventually come to terms with, is demonstrated in the Gospel of Thomas in the saying:(17) Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.”   It is not that either Jesus or the disciples wanted to hide or conceal higher spiritual facts and realities from anyone — but rather, the organic human mind which is limited by the consciousness and vibratory spectrum of thought of the physical body, simply is incapable of comprehending any thoughts, impressions and realities beyond what the organic human body/mind will accommodate, without evolving through the process of transformation that was — and remains — the primary objective of the Gospel message and teachings.   Jesus came to lead the lost prodigal sons and daughters into the kingdom — but for the inner “narrow strait gate” to open, the body and physical mind must become what is allegorically portrayed as theFinal Temple

When it is recognized that this very warning was stated by Paul to the baptized and totally committed believers at Corinth — i.e., “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way — in all your speaking and in all your knowledge — because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Cor 1:4-7 NIV) — the modern reader who does not pause and reflect on what this means — personally — to them, remains a blind man who is beyond the reach of the Gospel message.   What is Paul stating to the believers at Corinth?   That even though Paul himself had instructed them in the “testimony” of Christ — and that they had received the entire revelation of the Good News of the Gospel — to the degree that they were not“…lacking any spiritual gift” — they had yet to evolve and mature those facilities of mind that would enable them to perceive, discern and comprehend the higher reality of the soul and what Paul portrayed as the Mystery of the Gospel.   And this is especially demonstrated in the second chapter of the very same Epistle where Paul warns these believers who have been given all primary historical knowledge and testimony of Christ: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).    And just as important is thee fact that Paul stated that when they complete the process of transformation and achieve this higher level of spiritual maturity, that the Christ will come to them and teach them — i.e., “…as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed”.    And thus, this is the meaning of the allegorical End Times when the Kingdom (within) comes upon the earth (the body) of the disciple/seeker.    This Spiritual Knowledge that can only be revealed by the Lord, is called Gnosis — i.e., spiritually experienced and acquired knowledge that can only be imparted to those who have so prepared themselves that they are as virgins who have filled their lamps with the oil of purification necessary to receive the Lord.

The early Christian Valentinius quoted Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians when he made reference to Gnosis Kardias — or, the enlightened eyes of the heart.   “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Eph 1:18).   And that Paul wanted very much to speak about the Mystery of the Gospel to the Ephesians, but could not, is the reason he portrayed himself as an ambassador in bonds: “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak”(see Eph 6:19-20).   And how did a seeker/disciple obtain these enlightened eyes of the heart?   Very briefly, by fulfilling the role of a virgin who awaits the Lord with the oil of purification — and by becoming the “good ground” that permits the necessary expansion of the facilities of mind to be brought about, which enables the seeker/disciple to be taught by the Indwelling Logos/Son of God/True Prophet.   And in the same way that in the parable of the ten virgins it was said to those who had failed to prepair themselves with the oil of purification that “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you” — even though they believed and had called upon the Lord and was awaiting his coming, this reality of the believer who has failed to prepare himself is futher explored in the early Christian scripture known as the Shepherd of Hermas.  

In the introduction of the early Christian writing known as the Shepard of Hermas, it is written: “The Pastor of Hermas was one of the most popular books, if not the most popular book, in the Christian Church during the second, third, and fourth centuries… In ancient times two opinions prevailed in regard to the authorship. The most widely spread was, that the Pastor of Hermas was the production of the Hermas mentioned in the Epistle to the Romans. Origen states this opinion distinctly, and it is repeated by Eusebius and Jerome”.   If, then, it is true that the Pastor of Hermas was one of the most important scriptural authorities over the first four centuries, then we can use it in our endeavor to better understand the essence of early Christian thought.   What the Shepherd of Hermas has to say is very important to us today, because it represents the scriptural tradition that was taught directly to the faithful flock by the Apostles of Christ.  Thus, on the nature of scripture, in the Shepherd we find: “I am senseless, sir, say I, and do not understand these parables. For how she can crush out, and on the other hand save, I do not perceive. Listen, says he. Those who have never searched for the truth, nor investigated the nature of the Divinity, but have simply believed, when they devote themselves to and become mixed up with business, and wealth, and heathen friendships, and many other actions of this world, do not perceive the parables of Divinity; for their minds are darkened by these actions, and they are corrupted and become dried up. Even as beautiful vines, when they are neglected, are withered up by thorns and divers plants, so men who have believed, and have afterwards fallen away into many of those actions above mentioned, go astray in their minds, and lose all understanding in regard to righteousness; for if they hear of righteousness, their minds are occupied with their business, and they give no heed at all. Those, on the other hand, who have the fear of God, and search after Godhead and truth, and have their hearts turned to the Lord, quickly perceive and understand what is said to them, because they have the fear of the Lord in them. For where the Lord dwells, there is much understanding. Cleave, then, to the Lord, and you will understand and perceive all things”. The message that is very clear from this early Christian writing is that it is impossible to mature spiritually, while attempting to divide oneself between the two worlds.   In our present day culture we are living proof as to the validity of the wisdom that is portrayed in this writing — i.e., one cannot perceive the true meaning of the parables and the inner significance of the historical narrative of the scriptures, while one devotes their lives to their “business, and wealth, and heathen friendships, and many other actions of this world” — which would include the whole array of addictions provided by all the many leisure’s and entertainments that captivate and control our every-day lives.   Further, do we truly do unto others as we would want others to do unto us — i.e., do we send our children (the souls who were placed in our care) off to government secularized schools to become imbued with the thinking, mindset and lifestyle of the heathen culture in which we presently live?    In the Shepherd of Hermas a reference is made to a tower, of which it is written: “And the tower, I asked, what does it mean? This tower, he replied, is the Church. And these virgins, who are they? They are Holy Spirits, and men cannot otherwise be found in the kingdom of God unless these have put their clothing upon them: for if you receive the name only, and do not receive from them the clothing, they are of no advantage to you. For these virgins are the powers of the Son of God. If you bear His name but possess not His power, it will be in vain that you bear His name”.    In understanding what is written, it is most important for us to be aware of the continual message found in the words: “If you bear His name but possess not His power, it will be in vain that you bear His name”.   Thus, if you call yourselves Christian, but fail to purify and develop your mind and body from the defilements of this world — and do not possess the true Knowledge of the Spiritual Christ — and have not yourselves inherited the same higher powers of mind that the Son of God promised all his followers would possess — then “it will be in vain that you bear His name”.   And again, this is demonstrated in the words spoken to those who believed upon the coming of the Lord, and even called upon his name, but had failed to bring with them the oil of purification, where it was stated: “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you”  

The problem that Paul is unsuccessfully attempting to convey to the reader is this: What was revealed to the True believers and disciples of Jesus and TheWay at the beginning of our Common Era, was truly the most Black Swan Event every to transpire.    Organic man — whether he is a believer or unbeliever — whether he is a scholar or an acclaimed intellectual genus by the standards of our culture — those who are limited to man’s organic senses and reasoning, are simply not prepared to even envision man’s own higher soul and spiritual reality.   And in view of the fact that Jesus himself made reference to bringing about subsequent stages of birth, the vast majority of mankind who have chosen to ignore these crucial words of Jesus, and have not brought about these subsequent stages of birth, can no more envision their own higher soul and spiritual reality, than a sperm or ovum can envision the life of a child beyond the limitations of the womb where the development of a fetus takes place.  

Unlike the flock of believers at Corinth to whom the Epistle is written, the modern Christian was not taught directly by Paul — and the very fact that the Christian world remains divided by an uncountable number of factions and manmade doctrines of belief based upon organic carnal reasoning, is proof of the deficiency of the modern dogma and doctrines that are promoted by the Churches.   In understanding man’s human and often complacent nature, Paul even went as far to say that anyone who promotes a faction — i.e., a doctrine of belief — is a sinner who has been turned out of TheWay (see No Sects).   Why?    Because the primary objective of the teachings of Jesus and TheWay was to bring about the necessary subsequent stages of birth and transformation of the disciple/seeker — a process of transformation that would enable them to Know All things, and find the Gospel being fulfilled within themselves in a manner that could not be understood by organic man.   Therefore, according to Paul, those who cling to manmade doctrines of belief, have already been turned out of TheWay.  

It is important to recognize that the believers at Corinth who Paul stated were too carnal to understand the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom, existed at a time when these Gospel teachings were still in a pure and undefiled state.   This was in a timeframe that could truly be classified as “BC” — i.e., Before Constantine and the Pagan Church of Rome that threw away and lost the spiritual essence of the teachings of TheWay.   Therefore it must be acknowledged that whatever the modern believer views as the Gospel requirements with respect to faith, saying the proper prayer accepting the Lord as their personal savior, or any other such requirement, no modern believer can even suggest that Paul did not know the Gospel requirements when he personally taught and baptized the Corinth flock of believers.   Yet, Paul then goes on and warns these believers of a yet untransformed “natural” mind who were committed and dedicated to Christ: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 NAS).   Thus, these believers who were taught personally by Paul — in a time of greater spiritual purity, B.C. — could only be taught the doctrine of Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2), because they were not yet spiritual men — but rather, they were men of flesh and still very much “babes in Christ”.   Paul then explains that: “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able” (1 Cor 3:2 NAS).  

What should be troubling to the modern believer is that Paul openly admits that the baptized and confirmed Christians at Corinth — people who had accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and received the gifts of the laying on of hands and speaking in tongues — people who were not taught by preachers and priests, but the Apostle himself — were not yet able to understand and comprehend what Paul referred to as the Mysteries of the Gospel of God.    When it is recognized that Paul confessed that if he attempted to convey to this congregation of believers the true spiritual meaning of the allegorical scriptures, or the esoteric knowledge which is preparatory to comprehending what Paul portrays as the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom — that these same believers would condemn and reject these higher spiritual concepts as “foolishness” — then only a fool would claim that they know what is spiritually true and false by virtue of their study of the written words of the scriptures.

Speaking of the Disciples and what they experienced in order to learn and know the Truth that other men were blind to, Paul writes that they were caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Cor 12:4-5 NKJ).   Why?   Every sincere Christian and intelligent reader of the Gospels must ask the questions: Why can’t the experience of being brought up into Paradise be expressed in words?   And perhaps even more important is the question as to why “…it is not lawful for a man to utter” what a Disciple who enters the Kingdom experiences?   Moreover, if this witness to the inconceivable higher realities of the Kingdom is true, then why can’t Christians gain access to the same spiritual experience of entering the Kingdom as Jesus’ disciples did?    When Jesus stated that those who walk in TheWay will find revealed to them the “Truth that sets them free”, he was not making reference to the “milk” fed to those Christians who Paul portrayed as “babes in Christ” — but rather, the mature disciples who had brought about the necessary transformation of their lower animal earthly nature, brought about the subsequent stages of birth, and emerging out of what Jesus portrayed as the “outer darkness” of mind and being, was able to begin to receive the revelation of Gnosis directly from the Logos of God — which is incomprehensible to the organic mind of man, even when they are committed and baptized believers who Paul states, had received the initial gifts of the spirit.   These are serious questions, that can only be addressed by very serious seekers who truly seek not only to Know the Lord, but to Know anything beyond the temporal mundane of this world which fades like the cycle of leaves falling off a tree before the winter.     The most profound statement which is all but ignored by seekers today, is found in the Epistle of Peter And James where it is written: “Hear me, brethren and fellow-servants. If we should give the books to all indiscriminately, and they should be corrupted by any daring men, or be perverted by interpretations, as you have heard that some have already done, it willremain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error.   Wherefore it is better that they should be with us, and that we should  communicate them with all the fore-mentioned care to those who wish to live piously, and to save others.”   Why would it be stated that, if the esoteric wisdom and knowledge of the teachings of Jesus and TheWay were to be lost, that it “…will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error”???   And while many people think they know, in truth these words represent a reality that they have yet to come to terms with: “If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know” (1 Cor 8:2 RSV).  

When Paul warns the baptized and committed Christians at Corinth that, because they were of an organic and “natural” mind, they were yet too carnal in their understanding to comprehend the spiritual meaning of the Gospel — which is often referred to as the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God — he conveyed to them the reality that they would judge and even condemn this higher reality of the Spirit as absolute “foolishness” — i.e., “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).    Thus, it is imperative to ask the question: What is the “natural man”?     The condition of mankind that Paul is making reference to, would just as well be portrayed as “organic” — or, of the physical body.   The “natural man” , is the “organic” human being.   And what Paul warns is that the mere act of turning to belief in Jesus does not in any manner enable the believer to understand the true Gospel Teachings that can only be grasped by those who have undergone the necessary spiritual transformation of mind and being of truly walking in TheWay.

It is said that human consciousness is like the tip of an iceberg — and in the same way that only a very small tip which is supported by an immense foundation of ice protrudes above the water where it can be seen — organic man who Paul portrays as of a natural mind, can only utilize a very small portion of his potential of mind.   Like an ovum that is released into a woman’s womb, without the proper and balanced fertilization, and the necessary environment that initiated growth and development, the mind of organic man remains earthbound in it’s thinking — simply because those higher areas of mind that are not necessary to the support of the physical body and the culture of this world, do not develop!    Because these areas of mind are rarely to ever  used, they not only fail to develop, but they remain mentally atrophied.    Therefore, it is not a question of how smart a person is from the perspective of man’s way of measuring intelligence.   But rather, it is a reality that if these higher areas of mind that do not correspond to the vibration of the earth are not properly stimulated and developed in the proper environment that initiates growth and maturation, then the very spheres of mind required to contemplate and understand anything beyond the physical and mundane, simply fail to develop.   And when Paul states that the wisdom of this world will come to naught (1 Cor 2:6-8), it is because of these organic limitations that inhibit all of mankind who are of a “natural mind”, from understanding anything beyond the forms of this physical world.   And as I will demonstrate in the below, even the most brilliant of secular intellectuals do not in any manner possess any real understanding of even the forms they see, as they look out into the world in which they presently dwell.    In fact, you could enroll in all the most esteemed colleges and universities that man has created — you could endlessly study the volumes of books composed and written by men considered wise throughout the ages — and your wisdom and knowledge would pale in comparison to the Disciples of Jesus and the earliest of Spiritual Christians who were sincere Disciples of TheWay.  

The average modern believer who reads these words would probably reply: If this is true, then the Disciples of Jesus were set apart from the rest of mankind, and we cannot expect to know what they knew.   Yet, nothing could be further from the truth! The flock of Christian believers have in fact been robbed of their inheritance — like the lost prodigal son — by embracing the consciousness of the earth over the spiritual — which Paul portrayed as the way of the god of this world — which Jesus portrayed as the Citizen of the Far Country.     That early Christians, other than the disciples themselves, also inherited the promise of the teachings of Jesus and TheWay, is demonstrated in the writings of the first century elder Ignatius, who personally knew both Paul and the other Disciples.   And in his Epistle to the Trallaus he speaks of the Mysteries of the Gospel and the Kingdom in the same exact manner that Paul does, and writes: “Might I not write to you things more full of mystery?  But I fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes.  Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their weighty import, ye should be strangled by them”.  The only way that Ignatius could have written these words, was if he, himself, understood what was beyond the comprehension of the organic mind of the believers of the simple faith.   And while he states that he understood what was incomprehensible to the organic mind of man, he also confesses that though he is aware of the mysteries, he is not yet “by any means perfect, nor am I such a disciple as Paul or Peter”  

Thus, Paul writes to the congregation at Corinth — who being babes in Christ, only knew Jesus and him crucified — where he wrote: “We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought” (1 Cor 2:6 ASV).   In other translations the word fullgrown, is translated either mature or perfect.   Yet, in not even understanding the primary objectives of the Gospel, modern believers study and learn the wisdom of this world and the opinions of men, failing to move on to maturity and learn directly from God — i.e., “It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me” (John 6:45 NIV).   Not in belief, doctrine, or to a manmade church — but rather, the objective of the teachings of TheWay is to enter in at the inner “narrow gate”, and learn directly from God in the Kingdom.   And to accomplish this, it is necessary to disregard that which we see without our physical eyes and understanding, and seek and learn via our spiritual eyes that is able to perceive beyond the limits of this world — i.e., While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor 4:18 KJV).

The folly of the Christian world is seen in the fact that they learn from the teachers of this world who proclaim that there is no unseen — and only what is seen with one’s physical eyes is valid.   Christians send their children to learn about what is temporal, while alienating themselves from what is eternal.   Christians flock to churches which are temporal and built with the hands of men, while rejecting the Temple of their soul which is Eternal and Sustaining.

With respect to the witness of Ignatius: What preacher of the Gospel today would stand before his congregation and state to the people in their pews, that if he was to reveal the true teachings of the New Covenant — the Mysteries of the Gospel of God — he would “inflict injury on you who are babes” in Christ?   What teaching of the Lord could a present-day preacher of the gospel reveal that the congregation of believers are not “able to receive their weighty import”?   If Ignatius or the other early Church Fathers who knew the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God were with us today, what profound mystery could they speak regarding the true teachings of Jesus that believers today would be “strangled by them” 

Throughout the history of mankind those who have openly claimed to possess the Secret Knowledge which is called Gnosis, were condemned as elitists and heretics.   Yet, what the rest of mankind totally fails to understand, is the fact that it is not that a more advanced spiritual soul wishes to conceal higher knowledge from others — but rather, in the same way that kindergarteners are not prepared to study and comprehend at a university level — neither are the organic minded earth-bound people of this world, prepared to understand the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God.   In the same way that the mind of the kindergartener must develop and mature, so too must the mind of man begin the process of expansion beyond organic limits that are supported by the physical body-vessel.    And this is exactly what Paul states when he writes: “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing” (1 Cor 2:6 NKJ).   The King James Version reads that wisdom can only be revealed to those who are “perfect” — but what must be understood is that each soul can only perceive and comprehend in accordance with their own level of soul-evolution and spiritual development.   

Of equal importance is the wisdom just following this statement that only the mature can perceive and comprehend the hidden truths of the Spirit — hidden, because the organic mind of the physical body only supports that area of mind and being that is of the vibration of the earth — and what is beyond this very basic level, must be developed by the disciple who walks in TheWay.   Thus, Paul writes: “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.  For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.  These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.  For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ”(1 Cor 2:9-16 NKJ).

When Paul uses the term Christ — the English translation of the word is the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) — and the objective of the teachings of the New Covenant is embodied in the words: “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Gal 4:19 KJV).   If the believer received Christ with baptism, or the saying of a prayer accepting the Lord as their savior, then these words could never have been written by Paul to the congregation of the Galatians.   Even though the congregation had turned to Christ, Paul speaks of the process of birth that must be brought about “…until Christ be formed in you”.   The dictionary defines the word travail:  “(1) very hard work; toil (2) labor pains; pains of childbirth (3) intense pain; agony”.   Thus, the birth process that transforms the believer from a “babe in Christ”, to a “mature and perfect” disciple who has experienced Christ formed in them, requires great effort that is not in any manner represented in modern Christian Church doctrine.  

The arduous objective of striving to achieve the next stage of birth, is further presented in the goal that all those who are of an organic mind and spiritually immature, will over the course of many lifetimes evolve “to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13 NKJ).   But to understand what Paul is presenting, it is important to understand one of the surviving quotations of the Original Matthew  known as the Gospel of the Hebrews/Ebionites where St. Jerome preserved the text at the baptism (quoting Jerome): “But according to the gospel which the Nazaraeans read, written up in Hebrew speech: The whole fount of the holy spirit shall descend over him…. Further on in the gospel of which we made mention above we find these things written: But it happened that, when the Lord ascended from the water, the whole fount of the holy spirit descended and rested over him, and said to him: My son, in all the prophets I was expecting you, that you should come, and I might rest in you. You indeed are my rest. You are my firstborn son, who reigns in eternity.”   To which Jerome correctly explains  “not partially as in the case of other holy men.”

While the prophets and holy men of the past had received the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) that enabled them to understand the Mysteries of the Kingdom to the degree that they were able to receive the Anointing, only the historical man Jesus had so fulfilled the Law within himself, and was therefore able to receive “…the whole fount of the Holy Spirit”.   Thus, this original teaching is preserved by the early Church writer Hippolytus when he stated that Jesus  “was justified by fulfilling the Law. He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ.”  And in speaking of this original Ebionite Nazirene position, he writes that when each disciple “…thus fulfills the law, they are able to become Christs, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity.” (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34).   And it is this spiritually evolved objective of the teachings of the New Covenant that Paul is making reference to when he states that each believer is to be matured into “…a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13 NKJ).    

In the case of the historical man Jesus who totally fulfilled the Law within himself, he was in “…supernatural union of a man and God… In their [his Ebionite Nazirene disciples] eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during the allotted period of his ministry” (Gibbon; The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366)   The Son of God is the True Prophet (see True Prophet), who was called the Logos among the Greeks, the Teacher of Righteousness among the Essenes — and for those who correctly understand the original teachings on the Trinity, the Logos is the Mind of God.  

Do you believe the Bible?   Or, do you believe the doctrines of men?   Prior to the fourth century takeover of the Church by the Emperor Constantine and the most carnal bishops in the Church, all the early Church writers noted that at the baptism in the Jordan, the words spoken to Jesus were: “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee”.    And this is easily documented and proven in the article known as The Ten Words.   The fact that the modern Church is in denial with respect to what the Gospels originally stated, is typical of ….. mind.   Robert Jastrow, an astrophysicist who heads NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, pointed out that the big bang is not exactly an explanation of cause. He is quoted in The Aquarian Conspiracy: “If a scientist really examines the implications, he would be traumatized. As usual, when the mind is faced with trauma, it reacts by ignoring the implications – in science this is called ‘refusing to speculate’”.   Thus, because the scientist is traumatized by the facts and realities presented to them, they simply “refuse to speculate”.    But this is not only true with respect to the scientist who is confronted by a factual reality that he can’t deal with the implications of — but this is just as true with the modern religious leaders who can’t deal with the implications of The Ten Words.   Why?   Because these ten words represent the Achilles Heel of the manmade doctrines of the Church — and the spiritual reality they present not only demonstrates that the Church of Rome was in error — but that the Ebionite Nazirene disciples of Jesus who the Church condemned as heretics who were too Jewish to understand what Jesus taught, were correct all along. 

In the same way that Jesus warned about the blindness of the carnal Jews to see beyond the limitations of their doctrines of belief — and Paul warned that the people of a “natural”mind will reject the “mysteries” of the Gospels as utter “foolishness”, and interesting parallel point is advanced by Gary Zukav in his book, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, where he writes that “A rational mind, based on the impressions that it receives from its limited perspective, forms structures which thereafter determine what it further will and will not accept freely. From that point on, regardless of how the real world actually operates, this rational mind, following its self-imposed rules, tries to superimpose on the real world its own version of what must be” (P. 160).   Even though it can be proven that Darwinism is a fraud — their patterns of thought have been fixed and fossilized — and the multitude of scientists are incapable of perceiving the world outside of their ideological and philosophical box.    In much the same way, While it can be proven that the Gospels originally stated that Jesus became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ), and  the “adopted” Son of God at his baptism in the Jordan — which is exactly as the original Ebionite Nazirene disciples of Jesus believed — yet, it is impossible for the multitude of Christians to see beyond their (pagan) doctrinal box.    True examples of the reality that  “…regardless of how the real world actually operates, this rational mind, following its self-imposed rules, tries to superimpose on the real world its own version of what must be.”    While it can easily be proven that the Genesis Account is not historical — but rather, presents ultra important spiritual truths to the minds of those who possess the eyes to see — yet, both the Fundamentalist believer and the Atheist non-believer ignore are simply incapable of coming to terms with the higher reality that the scriptures were intentionally written so that a rationally minded person could not in any manner believe the literal/historical text.   Thus, the Church Father Origen who was called the “prince of Christian learning”, second only to the disciples, writes: “What man of sense will agree with the statement that the first, second and third days in which the evening is named and the morning, were without sun, moon and stars, and the first day without a heaven. What man is found such an idiot as to suppose that God planted trees in paradise in Eden, like a husbandman, and planted therein the tree of life, perceptible to the eyes and senses, which gave life to the eater thereof; and another tree which gave to the eater thereof a knowledge of good and evil? I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed” (Origen – Huet., Prigeniana, 167 Franck, p. 142).

If, as the Jewish disciples of Jesus who were historically known as Ebionites, understood that Jesus was a man who became the Messiah/Christ at his baptism in the Jordan by fulfilling the Law within himself — which is confirmed by the original Gospels (see s The Ten Words) — then the modern Christian world has been gravely misled.   And it goes to the core difference between a philosophical belief in Jesus, in contradistinction to imitating Jesus as the Pattern of Salvation for all to follow in TheWay.   And thus, the words: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 KJV).   And this is why Jesus warned those who would call themselves his followers and believers: “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt 10:38-39 NKJ).   The requirement that has been set forth is that “ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11:45 KJV).    In the words of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa: “…it is imperative on all those who have an equally earnest desire for the Good as He has, to be followers by the path of an exact imitation of Him Who leads the way to salvation, and to carry into action what He has shown them. It is, in fact impossible for persons to reach the same goal unless they travel by the same ways”.   And this is why the requirement was set forth by Jesus with respect to his disciples and followers:  “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48 RSV).

The reality portrayed by Jesus in the parable of the lost prodigal sons and daughters plight in this, the Far Country, is seen in the quotation of Clement of Alexandria who portrayed the vast majority of people as “…Atheists who destroy and pollute, as far as in them lies, the Deity dwelling in them – that is, the Logos — by association with their vices”.    Why Atheists?   Because if they truly believed, then they would live the Truth in every aspect of the lives that they live.    The Truth is not known by those who believe from the perspective of the organic mind of what Paul portrays as the “natural” mind of man which is earth-bound and blind to the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God — but rather, the Truth can only be known by those who become the Final Temple — and in accordance with each person’s success in becoming the “good ground” in the parable of the Sower and the Seed.   With the ultimate level of spiritual success in the pattern of Jesus who was able to achieve Absolute Oneness with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God/True Prophet.   And this is the purpose of living the Consecrated Life in TheWay that Jesus taught.  

The living of the necessary Consecrated Life cannot be discarded!   As stated by Jesus himself: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 KJV).   Paul states that we must each come to the “…fullness of Christ …that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Eph 4:14 NKJ).   And this can only be accomplished when each believer lives the Consecrated Life that enables them to become theFinal Temple — striving to purify one’s self in accord with the pattern of Jesus as stated in the words: “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure” (1 Jn 3:3 NIV) — becoming the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) that enables the disciple to be taught by the Indwelling  True Prophet — as stated by John: “These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.  But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (I Jn 2:26-27 NKJ).  

The degree that each disciple can know the Truth, is in accord with the level of Anointing (Messiah/Christ) they are able to receive — i.e., “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.  For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.  These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.  For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:9-16 NKJ).   The written word of the scriptures are made for those who are immature — i.e., those who Paul portrays as “babes in Christ”.     The objective of the New Covenant teaching is for each person to grow to maturity and receive the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) — which connects us to the Indwelling Logos/Son of God/True Prophet — i.e.,  “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.  For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him” — and this is why Peter is quoted in the Homilies as stating with respect to the Indwelling True Prophet: “…For He is within the mind of every one of us, but in those who have no desire of the knowledge of God and His righteousness, He is inoperative; but He works in those who seek after that which is profitable to their souls, and kindles in them the light of knowledge. Wherefore seek Him first of all; and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other. But He is soon found by those who diligently seek Him through love of the truth, and whose souls are not taken possession of by wickedness. For He is present with those who desire Him in the innocence of their spirits, who bear patiently, and draw sighs from the bottom of their hearts through love of the truth; but He deserts malevolent minds, because as a prophet He knows the thoughts of every one. And therefore let no one think that he can find Him by his own wisdom, unless, as we have said, he empty his mind of all wickedness, and conceive a pure and faithful desire to know Him. For when any one has so prepared himself, He Himself as a prophet, seeing a mind prepared for Him, of His own accord offers Himself to his knowledge” (see  True Prophet ).    Those who love Him, and desire to seek the Truth, are those who live the Consecrated Life in TheWay.

When Paul stated to the believers in the Churches: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1) — what he was stating was that until the believers of the simple faith begin to live the necessary lifestyle that is portrayed as the “good ground” in the parable of the Sower and the Seed (see Sower And The Seed), that it will remain impossible for them to understand the true meaning of the Gospel — and this sacred Knowledge can only be taught by those who are able to receive Gnosis from the True Prophet/Logos/Son of God (see True Prophet).    The disciples possessed the eyes to see and understand, because as it is written: “Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45) — and this higher enlightened perception and understanding that the mind of organic man is incapable of understanding, is called Gnosis. 

Jesus – The Black Swan Of The Reformation: 

In the Protestant Reformation when Calvin and Luther proclaimed the Epistles of Paul to be the most pure reflection of what Jesus taught, the great truth they failed to comprehend was the missing spiritual dimension to the writings and theology of Paul’s — a dimension of mind and being that was beyond their very carnal perception and understanding.   When rightly understood, the true meaning and essence of the Gospel Truths were very much what would be classified as a Black Swan Event — i.e., “The term black swan (not capitalized) comes from the 17th century European assumption that ‘All swans must be white.  In that context, a black swan was something that was impossible and could not exist.  In the 18th Century, the discovery of black swans in Western Australia[1] metamorphosed the term to connote that a perceived impossibility may actually come to pass” (see Black Swan).   In the case of the historical man Jesus, his life and how he came to accomplish what he did was such an inconceivable enigma — and remains an inconceivable enigma even to this very day — that what we have is the Ultimate Black Swan Event in the chronicles of mankind’s existence upon the face of the earth. 

The meaning of the word “esoteric”, can portray secret knowledge that is only revealed to the few — but what is not understood is the fact that “esoteric” knowledge can only be comprehended by the few — and those who are called initiates, more often than not, are representative of the few who are capable, and thus have the capacity, to understand the knowledge that is being presented.   Once rightfully understood, esoteric knowledge is neither hidden nor concealed — but rather, remains incomprehensible to the majority of people because their minds are simply not prepared to understand what is being portrayed as secret knowledge.    Ultimately, these is no such thing as knowledge that is hidden or concealed — but more factually, few people are prepared to perceive and understand what to the few, is a clear as the nose on a person’s face.    Therefore, as popularly used, the words mystery or esoteric are in fact a misnomer, or even a canard — in that, it is not the knowledge that is hidden or concealed — but rather, the people’s inability to perceive and understand. 

The profound Truths that had become manifest and revealed to the few who were prepared to receive and comprehend the esoteric knowledge of the soul and man’s true relationship to God, is representative of the greatest Black Swan Event in the existence of mankind on the face of the earth.   And in the same way that the majority of Jews were incapable of perceiving the reality of the moment because of their organic limitations, so too were the pagan Gentiles who eventually enlisted under the banner of Christendom.   The man Jesus was not only an enigma to the vast majority of Jews, but even more so the Gentiles or non-Jews.    Further, because the framers of the Protestant Reformation had become alienated from the original objectives of the Gospel by the carnal and pagan doctrines of the Church of Rome, the faith embraced by Calvin and Luther was one of unquestioned blind faith in the carnal doctrines of men.    In a true Black Swan Event, the spiritual meaning and esoteric teachings which were strategically imbedded within the allegory of the Gospel accounts, very much represented “…a perceived impossibility… [that had] actually come to pass” which was beyond even their organic scope of imagination.   And, having no means to even relate to not only what had actually come to pass — but the spiritual reality that had historically transpired — and further,  had the potential to transpire and be brought about in the life of the True Disciple of TheWay in the present — was simply beyond organic man’s ability to even envision.    Inconceivable — inconceivable to both believer and non-believer critic alike — because the mind of organic man in his natural form is simply not prepared to comprehend with any real depth not only the enigma of the man Jesus — but also the enigma of man’s own soul and spiritual natures and realities — all of which the vast majority of believers or unbelievers, is as far removed from the truth as noon is from midnight.

In many respects, Martin Luther was so spiritually disenfranchised and ignorant because of his adherence on the manmade doctrines of Pagan Rome — and so motivated by blind faith and superstition — that what has come to be known as Protestantism is founded upon the utterings of incoherent folly.   Because Martin Luther was in no wise prepared to come to terms with the spiritual enigmas raised by the scriptures, he instituted a religion based upon blind faith.   While the modern believer ignores countless biblical statements that God predetermines all events in the lives of all men, what the Bible asserts was not ignored by the framers of the Reformation.  Tnder the heading of Providence in the Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary it is explained that:  “Divine government is the continued activity of God by which He directs all things to the ends He has chosen in His eternal plan… He governs insignificant things (Matt. 10:29-31), apparent accidents (Prov. 16:33), as well as man’s good (Phil. 2:13) and evil deeds (Acts 14:16). God acts in accordance with the laws and principles that He has established in the world. The laws of nature are nothing more than man’s description of how we perceive God at work in the world. They neither have inherent power nor do they work by themselves. Man is not free to choose and act independently from God’s will and plan; he chooses and acts in accordance with them. In His sovereignty, God controls man’s choices and actions (Gen. 45:5; Deut. 8:18; Prov. 21:1). God’s actions, however, do not violate the reality of human choice or negate man’s responsibility as a moral being” (see The Great Paradox Of Freewill vs Predestination). 

How can the biblical assertion that “…Man is not free to choose and act independently from God’s will” be justified within the context that  man can only choose and act in accordance with God’s Will — and “in His sovereignty, God controls man’s choices and actions” — and even begin to answer the question as to how does this “not violate the reality of human choice or negate man’s responsibility as a moral being”?    While there exists an important answer to these questions, because of the corruption of the Church doctrine and the scriptures, it is impossible for the modern believer to understand the Gospel with any real depth.    So, it can be said that the faith-based religion of the Church has in fact been promoted under a self-imposed Vow Of Ignorance.   And when rational thinkers questioned the often irrationality and required suspension of reason that Luther championed, he condemned himself to the embodiment of spiritual ignorance, when he condemned the very gift of reason that separates man from the brute beasts of the earth — i.e., “Reason”, writes Luther, “is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God” (Quoted in: The Great Thoughts; compiled by George Seldes).    The result was that the image of God that the Church painted in what came to be known as Calvinism (see The Great Paradox Of Free Will), was nothing less than horrendous and even diabolical.   And while the modern Church has attempted to soften what the Bible states about Predestination, the fact that the body of believers fail to understand the Laws that bring about all events in this world, has immersed the Church itself in a sea of profound spiritual ignorance.  

There have always been the few who rejected the Church’s self-imposed Vow Of Ignorance, and with a dauntless heart sought the Truth of the Spirit over the doctrines of men.   Yet, in the past, anyone who knew the Truth — and even openly hinted at the Truth — were immediately turned upon as a demonic heretic by the Church — often burnt at the stake for heresy.    In the name of their god and gods, those who spoke the Truth were condemned as a disease to humanity that needed to be eradicated before it (they) could infect the thinking of other people.   And sadly, the Church has continued down this road of ignorance even to this very day.   To the mind of the true believer, such things as facts and rational thought are simply not part of the equation.    And yet, in their failure to recognize a Black Swan Event that was inconceivable to the organic mind of man who dwells in the death-state of what Jesus portrayed as the “outer darkness” of mind and being, the Church itself became the embodiment of what is portrayed in the AntiChrist.   And one of the primary problems is seen in the fact that the spiritual faith of Paul, is not only very different — but must be understood from a totally opposite concept of faith which is espoused by those who are too carnal to comprehend the Source of Knowledge that remains beyond the reach of men of an untransformed organic mindset.    In contradistinction to the faith of the common believer, Paul’s faith was based upon sure knowledge and spiritual experiences of incomprehensible Mysteries that would totally confuse the entry-level believer, who must rely solely upon blind faith in the unknown.    And while this fact is easily demonstrated using the Bible itself, because the readers of the written word are themselves blind to its true meaning, they simply skip over these crucial warnings as if they do not exist.    The result is that they put their faith in rhetoric and the doctrines of men — which doctrines become their own limitation — and they never move on to maturity and wholeness, and perfect their faith in the manner that Paul Commanded.